Shawne Merriman: Surgery a success

Buffalo Bills outside linebacker and former Pro Bowler Shawne Merriman wasted no time going under the knife.

MerrimanMerrimanJust one day after going on injured reserve, Merriman had surgery on his ailing Achilles and will begin rehab to get back on the field in 2012. Merriman tweeted Wednesday evening that the surgery was a success.

"Surgery went extremely well so you guys prayers were answered," Merriman tweeted.

Merriman has had knee and Achilles issues the past several seasons. He was once a dominant force in the NFL, registering 39.5 sacks from 2005-2007. But Merriman lacks the explosiveness he once had and has recorded only five sacks the past four seasons.